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Expert Reference Group

Remit: 
To advise the Programme Board and staff team on the development and implementation of plans for the AET. To provide professional expertise to support the development and delivery of effective practice within the AET work programmes and to promote the AET to wider networks as a platform for collaboration.  

When defining membership we seek to maintain an effective balance of skills, knowledge and experience from within the autism education sector. We recognize that one individual may bring a range of the required experience. Key areas of expertise we have represented include:

  Organisation  Representative 
Key stage one and two   Ryan Bradley 
Key stage three and four
Hanham High School  Annette Box 
Mainstream setting
  Jan Newport 
Specialist setting
  Sue Thompson 
Integrated unit setting
Torfield School  Joy Beaney 
Maintained
Brent Outreach Autism
Team (BOAT) 
Claire Henshaw 
Independent   Maggi Rigg
Academy/free school   Clare Stockley
Teacher
  Shannon Coles 
Head teacher
The Bridge  Penny Barratt 
SEN Governor
NAHT  Rona Tutt 
Early years 
Puzzle Centre  Alex Stanyer 
Research
  Liz Pellicano
Local Authority
  Annette English 
Parents/carers of
children with autism

  Mark Hill & Lynne Laverty 
Young person or
persons with autism

  Alex Gibbs
Adult or adults with
autism

  Vacant
Health and social care
sector SALT/OT, DCS,
CAMHS etc.

  Sue Fairhurst 
Workforce
development/training

University of East
London 
Prithvi Parepa 
Educational Psychology
University of
Manchester 
Caroline Bond 
Clinical Psychology
Derbyshire Children's
Hospital 
Claire Millward 
PRU
  Sue Sengupta
SLT
  Sally Mordi 
LSA   Stephanie Dennis
AET Director
  Steve Huggett
AET Project Manager
  Sarah-Jane Critchley
Founding
organisation/host

National Autistic
Society 
Jacqui Ashton-Smith /
Jane Vaughan 
Founding
organisation/bid partner

Ambitious about
Autism
Katy Lee
Founding
organisation/strategic
partner

Council for Disabled
Children (CDC) 
TBA
Bid partner
Autism Wessex  Bob Lowndes
Observer members as
stipulated by funders

DfE
TDA
NASEN
Communication Trust
DSpLD Trust 

Nigel Fulton
Michelle Moore
Jane Friswell
TBA
Mel Byrne 


Chair: Chair of Programme Board
Secretariat: AET Administrator

Role:
The role of the Expert Reference Group is to: 

  • To provide expert advice and guidance to the Programme Board and staff.
  • To provide a breadth and depth of experience in relation to autism and use that expertise to help the AET improve education for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
  • To share examples of good practice with the autism community through the AET.
  • To be actively involved and credible within the autism education sector.


Timescale and frequency of meetings:
Meetings of the Expert Reference Group will take place quarterly. Additional meetings will be held as necessary.

Sub groups:
Sub-groups may be formed as required to provide advice and support on specific areas. They will report to the Programme Board as necessary. Individuals outside of the governance structures with specific areas of expertise may be appointed to these as agreed by the Programme Board.

Non attendance at meetings:
Non attendance at 3 consecutive meetings may lead to a review of an individual’s membership of the ERG.